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Old 04-07-13, 03:13 PM   #1
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Ozzie in over his head

Went out with chef and a few fella's for a 52 miles ride. Hilly has heck and fast, ending at 14.8 mph. Safe to say I am whooped. Legs are jelly, bum hearts. Heck not even sure I CAN feel my legs.

These fella's are rough.

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Old 04-07-13, 03:47 PM   #2
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Every time I go on long rides (>30) I come back with a horrible headache. Why does this happen?
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Old 04-07-13, 05:02 PM   #3
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Could be quite a few things:
Hydration?
Blood Pressure?
Fuel (Food)?
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Old 04-07-13, 07:31 PM   #4
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Funny I got the same question from Chef tonight via text message. Were both of you suffering headaches or did I give my answer to the wrong guy?
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Old 04-07-13, 08:25 PM   #5
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Drink more... You need some food for 52 miles but nothing crazy. I think I usually have about 1 clif bar for a flattish ride and if it's stupid hilly I'll have 3 of 'em.

But water... drink more before your ride, during your ride, and after your ride.
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Ozzie, I can tell you that I get headaches when I get to much sun, as in sunburn. Sunscreen usually stops it for me. Just one more thing to try.
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Drink more...
I would but it makes me swerve ALL over the place...
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I would but it makes me swerve ALL over the place...
Stick to the clear stuff.
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silver patron is just flavored water right
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Funny I got the same question from Chef tonight via text message. Were both of you suffering headaches or did I give my answer to the wrong guy?
cant speak for chef but I asked him and he didn't know. I know he has suffered headaches from long rides before. Maybe that is why he asked.
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You fellas are too funny. Thanks for the advice.
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silver patron is just flavored water right
That could explain the headache!

Don't rule out allergies.
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I would but it makes me swerve ALL over the place...
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Usually I just get a sore rear and my legs feel like jelly after a long or ride where I'm really trying to ratchet up my performance a bit, but those things are probably normal.

My big weakness is heat. I can't ride if the temperature gets above about 80-85 degrees, especially if it's in the sun. If I'm in the shade, I'm not too bad, but in the sun, forget about it. It doesn't matter if I eat, drink, a combination of both, or don't eat, but I get terrible stomach pains. I've tried eating while on the rides and bring plenty of water but it just doesn't matter.

During the summer months I don't usually ride the bike path near our home because it's more of just a cement slab in the middle of undeveloped land next to a highway. While that's not a problem in itself, it is a problem when there aren't ANY trees to rest under if the need arises. The path may as well be in the desert. The C&O Canal has plenty of shade so that's where I'll spend most of those summer days. I absolutely HATE riding without any type of shade.
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Wooden if the stomache pains are of the cramp variety, I have heard people swear by pickle juice to stop those.
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Wooden if the stomache pains are of the cramp variety, I have heard people swear by pickle juice to stop those.
I've heard that. While I like pickles and the juice isn't too bad, either, the after-affects leave me primed to fertilize Heinz Field for a season.
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Is your helmet too tight?
Use an X-acto knife to carve out the unnecessary styrofoam in the inside.
Or loosen the helmet suspension,
Or buy a new helmet.
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